Flooded schools to be repaired by ministry

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A flooded primary school. KT/Chor Sokunthea

The Education Ministry said yesterday that it will repair schools damaged by recent floods before the commencement of the new academic year in November.

Ministry spokesman Dy Kamboly said the ministry has collected reports submitted by affected schools across the country.

“I have not received details about how many schools were affected, but the ministry is responsible for this work and we will continue to collect reports from provincial education departments, districts and communes,” Mr Kamboly said. “We will repair and renovate damaged schools before the start of the new academic year.”

National Committee for Disaster Management spokesman Keo Vy said last week that 289 schools across eight provinces were damaged from floods.

Much Sokhorn, Hun Sen Koh Kok primary school director in Kampong Cham province, said yesterday that his school was flooded for more than a month.

“It started to flood at the end of July, but now it’s better,” Mr Sokhorn said. “It was worse in August, but the floods did not drastically damage the school.”

He said that floods happen every year in Kampong Siem district, noting that students and teachers had to resort to using boats to get to school.

“I tell teachers to complete important lessons and prepare for tests in advance because floods happen every year,” Mr Sokhorn added.

The Water Resources and Meteorology Ministry yesterday announced that typhoons Mungkhut and Barijat will increase the amount of rain throughout the country until Wednesday.

It noted that bordering provinces with Laos will get hit the most.

In a report earlier this week, the NCDM said that during the first eight months of this year, 138 people died in natural disasters, including 44 from floods, while more than 50,000 people have been displaced.

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